Seth Feider resides in Bloomington, Minn. Which means he has racked up some serious miles to qualify for the Minors-Only Ranking.
Feider debuted this week at No. 3 after finishing 10th at the BASS Open on Oneida last weekend. However, if you think New York is a long way from Minnesota, Feider’s other four tournaments in the last two years were fished in Virginia, Oklahoma, Missouri and Texas. Needless to say, he spends a lot of time on the road to do what he loves.
As for the rest of the top 50, there were some ups and downs — mainly downs
Pete Gluszek did not have one of his better events at Oneida, and it cost him, as he dropped from 12th to 55th this week. Same goes for William Chapman, who fell from 17th to 45th after his trip to New York, Art Ferguson (42nd to 51st) and Greg Gutierrez (45th to 77th).
Only two anglers in the top 50 managed to actually improve their ranking over the weekend. Paul Malone went from 53rd to 37th, and Tracy Adams took second to improve from 56th to 43rd.
There weren’t the eight or nine tournaments like we usually see in the spring, but there were still four Regional events over the weekend — FLW BFLs on the Ohio River, Lake St. Clair and Lake Champlain, and a BASS ABA on Truman Reservoir.
None of those affected the No. 1-ranked angler, James Holloway, who dominated the BFL Bulldog division and rose to the top spot in mid June thanks to finishing no worse than third in four tournaments this year.
As for happenings after this weekend, Heath Wagner slipped a bit (19th to 28th) after his tournament on St. Clair.
Michael Black did the opposite, rising from 37th to 23rd thanks to a 2012 tournament dropping off.
Check back Monday for an update on the Majors Ranking after this weekend’s BASS Elite Series event.